Archive for the 'Mammals' Category

03
Dec
18

Bandicoot

In Oz during January I managed to get a glimpse of one of the rarer terrestrial mammals; but it was only a glimpse. Once prolific over the whole of Australia ‘Southern Brown Bandicoots’ have had a bit of a short straw of late. Introduction of foxes and loss of habitat have decimated populations. However, Victoria still has some good pockets of these cute long nosed marsupials. This month I wanted a better look. We waited and searched a likely area and given they are hard to find, so wick when you do find them and for half the time have their snouts buried in the leaf litter I was lucky to get any sort of shot.

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29
Nov
18

Koalas for Breakfast

When I went to Australia in January I was disappointed to only find a single Koala and that was a-ways-away. Venturing down under this month I thought about generating a bit more luck that we had on the Great Ocean Road and in the You Yangs. I thought a visit to Gippsland would be more profitable.. I couldn’t have wished for more Koalas. No sooner we arrived one was grunting in trees close by. More followed; at the tops of trees, at the bottom of trees, running on the ground, eating, sleeping … they were everywhere. All in all the first day’s tally was well over 30 animals … and a lot of other things besides Koalas too.

 

21
Nov
18

Atlantic Greys

These adult Atlantic or Grey Seals were popping up around our boat the other week. When it comes to seals think ‘dog’ in terms of curiosity. They will always come close to check us out.

16
Nov
18

Pupping

It’s that time of year again and those blonde babies are once more appearing on the beaches. The reason Grey Seal pups are white at birth is a hangover from the ice age when they would have been camouflaged among the ice. Camouflaged against predators. So far the seals in Norfolk have been predator free. However, it’s only a matter of time until an Orca finds the rookeries here. This was one of the first pups to be born on Blakeney point this year. Taken on a photographic tour last weekend.

05
Nov
18

That’s gota hurt

Clash of the Titans. The Fallow Deer rut in full swing on Saturdays tour.

25
Sep
18

Big Beasts

Processing the last of the photos from the Biscay trip last month I found this one. Two of the 21 or so Fin Whales we saw. Magnificent beasts!

11
Jun
18

Wild Charge

A herd of Wild Cattle, the only ones in the UK, roam the hills around Chillingham in Northumberland. Expertly looked after by Ellie, the stockwoman. Stockman is definitely not right and Stockperson sounds like a warehouse operator. Cowgirl as used by some newspaper articles is just not a proper name for someone who has one of the most dangerous jobs there is! So stock woman it is. We saw the cattle last month on our round the UK mammal tour. The talk given by Ellie was informative and interesting as it always is. She obviously holds a wary respect for her charge; and rightly so. These are formidable beasts.




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